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Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Consultant, Dannii Hose, has prepared some great resources that can support you during this lockdown. View them here.
Our mental health clinician/consultant Dannii has recorded a number of workplace wellbeing workshops for you to listen to. These workshops can also be run face-to-face or virtually with you and your staff. If you would like Dannii to facilitate a workshop for your place of business please feel free to email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshops available are:
Mental Health Check-In – Our mental health and wellbeing include our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It impacts the way we think, feel and act. Practicing care for our mental health is vital to the way we handle stress, make choices, and interact with others. This presentation will cover pandemic fatigue and anticipator anxiety, why mental health is relevant in the workplace and how it relates to small business, the unique challenges small businesses face, how to identify if someone is struggling and how to have a conversation about mental health, what is good mental health, and the importance of self-care. The presentation also provides tips and strategies you can implement right away to support your wellbeing during COVID and beyond.
It’s OK to not be OK – When someone we work with, a friend or a family member is struggling with their wellbeing it can be difficult to put your finger on why they seem out of sorts. This presentation focuses on how you may know if someone needs help, how to approach the person to have a conversation and the next steps. The information covers an overview of mental health and ill-health and talks about our normal peaks and troughs, key signs of when mental health is deteriorating, how to have a sensitive conversation with someone who is experiencing a decline in wellbeing and ask R U OK, and pathways to seek support.
Supporting staff & colleagues with psychological first aid – Psychological first aid (PFA for short) is very much like medical first aid. It’s how you can help someone psychologically in their immediate time of need. Just like normal first aid, once you have supported someone using PFA, they might be OK, or PFA might be the “band-aid” that the person needs until they can get additional help from a trained medical or allied health professional. In this presentation, I will be teaching you some practical skills which can help you to support colleagues and friends who are not “OK”.
Managing conflict in the workplace & having difficult conversations – Developing effective conflict resolution skill sets is an essential component of building a sustainable business model. Unresolved conflict often results in loss of productivity, the stifling of creativity, and the creation of barriers to cooperation and collaboration. Perhaps most importantly for leaders, good conflict resolution ability equals good employee retention. Leaders who don’t deal with conflict will eventually watch their good talent walk out the door in search of a healthier and safer work environment. If you would like to improve your skillset around having difficult conversations and managing conflict in the workplace (with staff or customers) you may find listening to this wellbeing presentation helpful.
Work-life balance – Work-life balance is an important aspect of a healthy work environment. Maintaining work-life balance helps reduce stress and helps prevent burnout in the workplace. Chronic stress is one of the most common health issues in the workplace. It can lead to physical consequences such as hypertension, digestive troubles, chronic aches and pains and heart problems. Chronic stress can also negatively impact mental health because it’s linked to a higher risk of depression, anxiety and insomnia. By creating a work environment that prioritizes work-life balance, employers can save money and maintain a healthier, more productive workforce. But what exactly does work-life balance look like?
Investing in your wellbeing and your business – Workplaces that focus on investing in wellbeing initiatives tend to enjoy increased productivity, have more engaged and happier staff, and are more profitable. People who attain good standards of wellbeing at work are likely to be more creative, more loyal, more productive and provide better customer service and outcomes than those with poor levels of wellbeing at work. This wellbeing presentation titled investing in your wellbeing and your business will give you an overview of the importance of wellbeing as it relates to the workplace.
Supporting staff though redundancy and job loss – Dealing with retrenchment or an unexpected loss of income can be challenging for many people, causing significant financial and emotional hardship. These events can take a serious toll on people’s health and wellbeing, their relationships, their families and how they see their future. Research shows that job loss or financial loss can increase the risk of developing anxiety or depression. However, there are steps you can take to support people so they can regain a sense of control over their current situation. This short wellbeing presentation will provide you with information on how to support staff through redundancy and job loss to help minimise any potential mental injury.
Financial Counselling and Business Advisor Support Service – The Partners In Wellbeing Small Business Wellbeing program offers free and confidential financial counselling and business advisor support services. This short presentation provides information on what financial counsellors and business advisors do, how they can assist you, what to expect when engaged with the service and how to access it.